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26 Sep 2008


Thanks so much to everyone who sent Barbara your favorite art book titles and answered my Snooze or Cruise vacation question from my previous entry. Some of your responses were hilarious! This past vacation I had intended to only be a cruiser, but alas, fate intervened.

A funny thing happened on the way to the cruise ship…

The Saturday John and I were to board the Liberty of the Seas, we quickly discovered neither of us had our passports. Yes, we both nearly lost consciousness at the boat check-in when we discovered they were missing. We are sticklers about our passports; cough it up to spousal confusion on why we didn't have them then (let’s not go there). After four hours of kicking ourselves and sweating it in the terminal lounge desperately hoping someone could fax copies of our birth certificates, we weren't able to board the ship.

We thanked our lucky stars we had the sense to get travel insurance, forced ourselves to mentally switch gears, and opted to have our passports Fed Exed to us so we could meet the ship at the next port. In in the meantime we decided to hit one of the most outlandish places on the planet: South Beach!

However, God has a sense of humor because when we got to our hotel room, what did we see head out to sea?



Yes, that's our boat…with John's luggage still on it. All we could do was laugh, go to a men's clothing store to tide John over until we met the ship, and head to the nearest bar to commiserate with a round of mojitos!

We ended up having a fantastic vacation. It was brainless, restful, and fun. And I even danced the Fox Trot with an elderly gentleman who asked me if I'd step in for his wife who wasn't up for it. I think I stepped on his poor feet about twenty times (he didn't ask for a second dance), but it was fun! My favorite picture was from the sandy beaches in St. Maarten when someone snuck up on me…


To all who responded to the last post, congratulations! You now qualify for round two of the stash giveaway, and your chances of winning are really good since I have 15 baggies to hand out! All yo now need to do is answer the question below by Monday morning:

Here's my question: What quilt shows, mixed-media retreats have you gone to so far in 2008 and/or what shows are you planning on attending through the end of this year? If you've been unable to go to any, what show/ retreat do you wish you had attended? Please respond by 9:00 AM EDT Monday, September 29. I will post the names of the winners Monday afternoon along with some exciting Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors news!

Have a great weekend!

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Joanie Hoffman wrote
on 26 Sep 2008 5:15 PM
Artfest is my dream, hopefully soon. There's a local quilt show in October I'm planning on attending. Lesley Riley will be there signing books!. Happy days, Joanie
Nancy Roberts wrote
on 26 Sep 2008 5:36 PM
Quilt shows I did attend- 1) Stepping Stones Quilters' show in Nassau, Bahamas. By happy chance, a quilting friend and I came across this lovely show while in port on a cruise in early 2008. (Had my passport and made it on the ship..yay!) 2)Quilt Fest in Jacksonville, FL this very weekend. Lots of art quilts and vendors. Quilt shows I will attend: 1) our local guild in Ocala, FL, on Nov. 7 & 8. 2)Suwannee River Quilt Show at Stephen Foster State Park, White Springs, FL. And I'm on the watch for more.
Deanna wrote
on 26 Sep 2008 5:37 PM
In the winter I attended the Los Colcheras Quilt Guild show in Las Cruces, NM. In early June I got the wonderful opportunity to attend a Ricky Tims Quilt Retreat in La Veta, Colorado. It was a life changing experience. In December, my sister-in-law and I will be going to a Ricky Tims Super Seminar. Next July I will be heading back for another week in La Veta and hopefully maybe go to the huge quilt show in either Long Beach or Houston.
Dale Anne wrote
on 26 Sep 2008 5:50 PM
I have only attended one local quilt show and a couple gallery openings. One day I'd LOVE to go to Houston, but am thinking it might only happen if I win the lottery. Glad to hear your cruise ending up being a good one, even tho it didn't start out so well.
Jill wrote
on 26 Sep 2008 6:15 PM
Hi Pokey, Wow - what a vacation story!! It sounds like a fabulous trip. I hope you ate lots of chocolate at that midnight buffet! I attended Quilt Festival in Chicago in the spring and hope to go again next year. It's so inspiring to see all the beautiful work exhibited there.
Donna wrote
on 26 Sep 2008 6:33 PM
I've never been to a retreat but I've been to the Dallas Quilt Show twice and the International Quilt Fest in Houston five out of the last six years. I plan to attend this year too. One day, I would love to attend some of the other International Quilt shows--Chicago or Long Beach, and I would also like to check out the quilt Shows in Nashville and maybe Paducah. Have a great day! D~~~~
Kathleen wrote
on 26 Sep 2008 7:18 PM
So you cruised and snoozed had an enjoyable unforgettable time yeah! I only attended the local quilt and art shows here in Redding CA so far. I WISH I would have attended the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach. I'm still wishing to be able to attend the Art Quilt Tahoe this November. Sew and snow what is there not to like?
Karen S wrote
on 26 Sep 2008 8:01 PM
I went to festival in Chicago and I'm going to Houston, but my favorite thing is the retreat with my fiber arts group in January.
Donna Funnell wrote
on 26 Sep 2008 9:08 PM
I was very fortunate this year to attend biggest quilt show in Canada, the Canadian Quilt Association Conference in St. John's Newfoundland. It was a whole week of classes, bus trips,quilt shows and gala dinners. Newfoundland is a very beautiful province. We met the friendliest people, saw icebergs and caribou. I can hardly wait to go back!
Julia Wood wrote
on 26 Sep 2008 9:32 PM
This is a fun question to answer because it brings back wonderful memories. In February, I attended the Birmingham Quilters Guild's retreat, spending 4 days at scenic Camp McDowell in north Alabama. Later in the spring, I was fortunate enough to attend the AQS Show in Paducah with 2 good friends. In August, my husband and I toured the AQS Show in Nashville. And just last week, I attended an exhibit of art quilts on the campus of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. It's been a great year!
Lisa Currie wrote
on 26 Sep 2008 9:33 PM
Hi, I haven't been to any quilting retreats or shows this year. I did get to go to a class my guild gave earlier this month. It was only a day, but it was lots of fun.
Whitney wrote
on 26 Sep 2008 10:04 PM
I own a store and can never get away but would LOVE to go to Art & Soul, Artfes, or on any retreat with Anahata Katkin. I was lucky enough to take a workshop from Lesley Riley but I think she thought I was a stalker b/c I was so excited to meet her in person!
Whitney wrote
on 26 Sep 2008 10:06 PM
I own a store and can never get away but would LOVE to go to Art & Soul, Artfes, or on any retreat with Anahata Katkin. I was lucky enough to take a workshop from Lesley Riley but I think she thought I was a stalker b/c I was so excited to meet her in person!
Whitney wrote
on 26 Sep 2008 10:07 PM
I own a store and can never get away but would LOVE to go to Art & Soul, Artfes, or on any retreat with Anahata Katkin. I was lucky enough to take a workshop from Lesley Riley but I think she thought I was a stalker b/c I was so excited to meet her in person!
Pam Post wrote
on 26 Sep 2008 10:23 PM
this year, I bought a longarm in January and went to the MQX in NH in April. It was great! I took classes with Linda Taylor, Karen McTavish,Kim Brunner. I took so many classes I almost didn't have time to see the show or shop. But it paid off, when i got home I had the confidence to jump right in and longarm my heart out. In August, I went to Nashville with a friend who was an exhibitor. I took classes with Jaime Wallen and Tammy Bowser. I loved the show, expecially the group challenges. Haven't been to a retreat yet, but I have an art quilt group (the secret artists' society) that meets every other week and it is a breath of fresh air which restores my soul and nurtures my spirit. Love your magazines, glad you had a chance to get away! Pam
Cheryl wrote
on 26 Sep 2008 11:23 PM
I went to Paducah for the AQS show this year, and it was my first time to go to the show. I had a wonderful time at Quilt Camp in the Pines in Flagstaff. It was my first time to go, and I hope I'll be able to go again. I have also attended some smaller retreats this year - 2 retreats put on by my state quilting organization and one retreat put on by my local quilt shop. I wish I was going to Houston, but I'm not - maybe next year.
Sue Perkins wrote
on 26 Sep 2008 11:45 PM
This summer I attended QuiltFest in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. It was a small show, but I enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful fabric and quilts that they had on display. Since I am a cloth doll maker, I would love to go to "The Queens Closet" in Portland, Oregon in November. However, Oregon is a long, long way from Florida so I will just be there in spirit and read about the fun on elinor peace bailey's blog when it is over.
Thien-Kim wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 12:25 AM
I haven't been to a mixed-media or quilting retreats. I would love attend Art+Soul or go to Penland. Ahh to dream until my daughter is older and I can leave for longer periods of time.
J. Wilson wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 2:12 AM
Hi! My mom and I are quilters, and we went to the Puyallup Quilt Show in Feb/March in WA - it was awesome. We saw many of our favorite designers/artists like Reets (Reets Rags to Stitches), Bonnie Sullivan and Kathy Schmitz (sisters and fabric designers). In April we got to go to the Chicago International Quilt Show with my 3 year old son, and we shopped and viewed the show from opening to closing every day and still didn't see everything! We did several of the Make It University classes each day (with my son sleeping or helping me out with my art) which we totally loved. One of our favorite classes was by Judy Coates Perez on painting on cloth. I also love Kelli Perkins art and getting to meet her. Beryl Taylor was also awesome and her needle felting demo was great. Pokey's class on thermafax screen printing was also fantastic! Meeting all of the artists there was like meeting the family we had learned about through the magazines. We also attended the Portland, OR Northwest Quilters Assoc. quilt show this past spring. Lastly we went to the Northwest Quilting Expo. in Portland, OR in the fall of 2007, and we would go this year, but we are both in Singapore and I have a new 6 week old baby! I would love to go to Art and Soul and one of the workshops at Asilomar in California one day.
Susan Aldrich wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 2:14 AM
Ohhh...passport anxiety is never good. Glad it finally worked out though. I've been on that island cruise and it's really fun! This year was my first year at the Pacific Northwest Quiltfest in Seattle. I won't miss it again. The next stop for me will be to the current show at the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum where Laura and Linda Kemshall along with 4 other artist are showing - "siX Stories". I hope to be able to go to Chicago or Houston shows in the next couple years. Artfest is on my list too. Susan in Seattle
Diana wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 3:15 AM
Love the photo of the two figures on the beach! Here in the UK, the show I am looking forward to is the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace next month - all the big names will be there, it's a shopper's heaven, and there are some great workshops. I also read about and drooled over something called "Squam" (?) in the US recently - we don't have anything quite like that here, so I'm very envious!
Fulvia wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 7:35 AM
I would love to attend a retreat and a quilt show in the US, Canada, UK ... alas, it has not happened. I shall continue to dream!
Lisa Cook wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 7:52 AM
I both taught at and took a weekend class at Valley Ridge Art Studio in southwestern Wisconsin. You don't need a big event when you have this magical place to attend. A maximum of 15 students each have their own table in this wide open studio nestled in the rolling country hills. Nature surrounds you; friendship and relaxation are the words of the day; and you get lots of one on one time with internationally known mixed media teachers. This is the Midwest's best kept secret. Come find out for yourself:
Kathy Schwabeland wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 8:04 AM
Wow, you had quite an adventure with your passport!!! But it all worked out in the end so I'm glad for you. This year I attend the Flying Geese Quilt Guild retreat, went to Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA (and went to Chocolate World too), and will be attending the Flying Geese Quilt Guild Show in October. I also taught at Mid-Appalachain Quilters Seminar which was a blast! My dream is to go to the quilt shows in Houston and Sisters,OR some day.
Bethany Garner wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 8:18 AM
Hi Pokey... Amazing and fast on your feet thinking re: passports - the on-ship dance sounds like huge fun! Glad you got some well deserved REST! I attended both IQF Show in Chicago this past April and Paducah, so had a great dose of quilt fun! Quilt University is always my favorite part of all IQA/F activities. The best experience of all was finally meeting Virginia Spiegel who spent time sharing carving tips with me and was so gracious! Love all of the artists you feature in QA/CPS and saw many featured techniques in our own huge QUILTS KINGSTON 2008 show in Kingston, Ontario. Thanks for ALL you do! Looking forward to GIFTS and watching QA TV DVD's when they finally arrive. Bethany in Ontario, Canada
Marty wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 8:20 AM
So happy you made the most of your mental lapses and enjoyed your vacation. I have attended two quilt shows this year. Not large one, being from a more rural area. My quilt guild has a show here in Monroe, Louisiana, every other year. Always good. Then a group of us bussed over to Tyler, Texas, for their great show.
Joyce wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 8:27 AM
I would have loved to attend the Chicago Int'l Quilt show but had to decline this year. Quilting Arts class is on my dream list. ;) Must get the kiddos through college. :D
Lorri Chambers wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 8:32 AM
I have tried for the last 5 years to go to Mancuso big quilt show in Hampton roads Va....went once in 2003 while it was in Williamsburg (closed my bead store for the day to go) and felt like I had walked through the pearly gates and was visiting heaven. Now that I haven't had my own business for 3 years My husband having cancer has kept me from going. I really hope next february I can finally get to go.. it is so inspirational seeing all of the magnificent work is so inspirational. I did finally after trying for 9 years finish a quilt called "message in a bottle" a bottle floating in the ocean exhibited in a local quilt show, her on the Outer Banks of NC there were many wonderful little Art Quilts there this year as well as awesome traditionals.
Charlotte Gurwell wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 8:33 AM
For the first time, I attended the April quilt show in Paducah. It was fun. Each night we had to stay an hour away at a hotel in Missouri. But in May, I traveled to Sisters, Oregon for classes at the Stitchin' Post with Kaffe Fasset. One thing checked off my "Bucket List" -- it was a true vacation for me!
Lisa wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 9:14 AM
Alas, the last quilt show I attended was in Houston last year; it was one of the best experiences I ever had, thanks to you, Pokey! I had a great time at the "fashion show" luncheon, taking classes w/ Tracy Bautista and Beryl Taylor, getting into a couple of those $5 lottery classes and trading inchies. TOO. MUCH. FUN. I can't go this year because it conflicts with a family reunion, but it's on my "wish list" for 2009! PS: I was one of the winners of your fabric stash giveaway last time, which was AWESOME. I made a little tote bag and get TONS of compliments on it wherever I go! I always proudly tell people that the fabrics were made by the editor of Quilting Arts magazine! Thanks so much for your generosity.
Kelli Perkins wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 9:18 AM
International Quilt Fest in Chicago is the highlight of my year, all because of Quilting Arts and the amazing mixed media presence they bring to the show. I'd love to attend the Houston IQF, Art & Soul, Artfest, Art Unraveled, The Art Nest....I'm easy. An Adventures in Italy tour with a fiber artist would be just fine too. All I need is one other artist over for coffee and voila! We have a retreat! Kelli in Michigan
Deborah Ross wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 9:23 AM
Hi Pokey, sounds like your vaction was an adventure. This year I have been to the local quilt show here in Tulsa, I had several entries and won a few awards. I am Going to Des Moines AQS show, and my exciting news is I have my first quilt juried into a show. Major Happy Dance. I will go to the Oklahoma City Show in January and to Machine Quilters Showcase in Kansas City this spring. Thanks for all you do, I love Quilting Arts. I have already started to make the purses in the new Gifts magazine. Deborah Ross, Tulsa OK
Daren wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 9:24 AM
Hello Pokey! OMG with the passports. I laughed/ almost spilled coffee in the keyboard. Love your photos. I will attend the Jan Myers-Newbury Shibori workshop at Nancy Crow's - Crow Timber Frame Barn in October. It will be my 4th time there and is a great place for learning and creating.
Juanita Olson wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 9:24 AM
I try to attend atleast 2 or 3 shows a year. This year I attended the International Quilt Show in Chicago (one of my favorites) the "Gathering of Quilters" in Wabash, Indiana and next week I will attend "Quilts on the Grand" in Grand Rapids Michigan. If I could, I would attend the "Fabrications Workshop" and take a class from Laura Cater-Woods and, of course, a class with Hollis Chatelain in Houston.
dmorino wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 9:32 AM
I am fortunate to take two weeks away from home and family for workshops at QSDS in Columbus, Ohio. During the two weeks, QSDS coordinates a bus tour to several quilt exhibits in the area including Quilt National held every other year at the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio. All workshops I have taken are taught by fabulous artists. I am so filled with enthusiasm and inspiration when workshops end that I sign up for following years workshops as soon as I leave!
Susan Barker (Miss Snips) wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 9:36 AM
I did not get far, this year, when it comes to quilting events but locally there has been lots to see and do! I attended and worked as a volunteer demostrating at my own guild's Quilt Show, Quilts in the Valley in Abbotsford, BC. I helped people to use a old hand crank sewing machine -- children of course loved the experience, men stood back and watched but you could tell they wanted to try though not be seen trying -- and most women gave it a go. It was a wonderful experience. I loved to see my own quilts hanging at the show and was bowled over by our guild's own talented members. In October, I plan to attend a Quilt Show in Chilliwack, BC and another in Maple Ridge, BC, both towns close to mine. Just this week our city opened a new Cultural Centre and today I will be wandering through as my friend Lily is a featured artist and her fibre art is always fantastic. I dream of taking part in a planned weekend retreat in February 2009, that my guild sponsors every year! In, my own little world that revolves around quilts and quilt art, there is something to see and do just over the horizon and I am always looking forward to them.
Sheila wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 9:37 AM
I had planned to go to the International Quilt show in Houston this year, but the rapid decline in this retiree's portfolio has changed my mind for me (g). My alternative has been to organize some like-minded mixed media ex-pats here in Mexico to learn from each other and keep our enthusiasm high. Until the economy turns around, THANK YOU for the QA DVDs and the new downloadable classes! They are a godsend, and the next best thing to being there in person.
Pat wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 9:59 AM
I attended Art and Soul in Hampton, Virginia, and had the pleasure of taking two classes from Beryl Taylor. Truly enjoyable and life changing in learning to add beading to my quilts.Plan to attend the large quilt shows in Chicago and Houston next year, along with another trip to Art and Soul.
Veronica Richmond wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 10:05 AM
I got up the courage to enter the "Fusion" show at the Greenwood Gallery in Guelph, ON, this year, and in an incredible blizzard, dragged a supportive friend 35 miles to see it. The snow around the gallery was waist high, and we were heartbroken to find it closed due to the weather. The owner was still inside, and heard stomping, so kindly let us in. We came home just ahead of the highway closure! Less dramatic, but equally inspiring was my local guild's show. We have our own fusion of gorgeous traditional to inventive fibre art pieces, and generous members who support and appreciate the artistry of all members' styles of expression. I'm looking forward to this Thursday, when I head to a yearly 4 day retreat, where I'll again confuse and amuse the more traditional quilters with my slashing and burning and hoarding of their batik scraps. On Saturday afternoon, during one of the (many) trips we'll make to the Greenwood Quiltery and Gallery, I'll finally get to meet Carol Wiebe who had exhibited during the Fusion show, and whose solo show opens Friday.
Jane LaFazio wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 10:10 AM
oh, that pesky passport. (100 years ago, husb and I were on our way to Jamaica, and at the airport had that sinking feeling. He took a million-dollar cab ride back home in a hurry and we caught the next flight out, with a bonus night in Miami. Yup, you can bet you'll never do that again. You'll have your passport at the ready for a trip to Vermont. :-) Last year, I attended the Long Beach Quilt festival, and taught at Art Unraveled in Phoenix. Next year I'm going to Colorado in June to take Fran Skiles workshop, to the Long Beach Quilt show, and teaching at Art Unraveled in Phoenix in August. That's the plan. xoxo
Patty VanHuis-Cox wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 10:35 AM
Glad your vacation turned out for you! That had to be a tough pill to swallow. But you made a silk purse out of a sow's ear so to speak. Alas I have no extra buckos! So I haven't taken any classes or gone to any retreats. I did go to IQF in Chicago but worked in a booth. I buy magazines to help fill in the void. (Just purchased GIFTS!!) I would love to be able to go to IQF Houston. Someday . . . .
Jeanne McBrayer wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 10:46 AM
I have not traveled to any shows or retreats this year, but I will be heading to nearby Cary, NC, for PAQA- South presents "ARTQUILTSreflections." I dream of one day going to Paducah-- and seeing one of my own quilts there!
Bonnie J. Smith wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 10:55 AM
I attended Art Quilt Elements and was also selected to be in the show. It was a wondeful experience, lots of artist to meet and also people from the industry. The Wayne Art Center was also a wondeful gem. This year I hope to attend Festival Of Quilts in the UK and my dream is to one day attend a Nancy Crow week long work shop. Love your beach photo!
Bonita Srnick wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 11:36 AM
I only wish I could! I live in two places and neithter for any lenght of time since my mom is in a nursing home in one town and I live in another city over four hours away. My sanity saver (otherwise known as a sewing machine) travels with me and I have supplies in both locations. I hope to be able to enjoy some shows in my next life. But, for now, You are IT.
Robbie Payne wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 11:36 AM
Attended local workshop/retreats and will be attending IQA Houston in the fall! Usually we go to IQA in Chicago but opted to go back to Houston for a change. I'd like to take a four day workshop from Judy Perez if she offered it! Thanks!
Angelika Westermann wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 11:49 AM
Hi Pokey, that was a terrible beginning of a hopefully nice trip. Something a bit like that happened to me on our trip to Scandinavia. In the middle of nowhere in Sweden there was suddenly a traffic control. I realized then that I didn't have my drivers license with me. And we had about 500 miles yet ahead of us and my DH and me wanted to alternate driving... Friends faxed me a copy of the license to our next hotel and I began driving again, never to be stopped by a policeman during the rest of the trip. I would have liked to visit the European Quilt Show in Sainte Marie aux Mines in France as I did last year, but I had been booked for a class during that time. I really hope to go there next year though, because even my husband enjoyed himself. Angelika
anna nowicki wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 12:49 PM
I would love to go to any show in the US - like ARTFEST but have to 'make do' with my annual visit to Knitting and Stitching show here in UK. I also was an exhibitor (artist not vendor) at all the creative stitches and the Fashion and Embriodery show in Harrogate.
kathy nida wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 12:52 PM
I made it to the IQF show in Long Beach...first show I've been to in years. I won't be allowed to go to any others :-), but I'm looking forward to Long Beach next year. I'm a teacher, so I can't just wander off during the school year.
Leslie wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 1:31 PM
I so wish I had made it to Art & Soul. I hope to make it to the one in Hampton in April. (Still miss Art Continuum!)
bybethstudio wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 1:37 PM
Such a fun adventure! I have attended and entered items in two local shows this year, "The Needle Arts Show" in Lampasas, TX and "The Crossroads to Texas Quilt Show" this past weekend in Killeen, TX where I won an Honorable Mention ribbon for my Funky Fabirc Gingerbread House, a nice surprise! Still may head to the big show in Houston as it's only 4 hrs. away and I would love to get to meet Pokey and all of the Quilting Arts folks! AND... I would love to go on my first quilting retreat before May when baby #2 arrives! :) Beth
Marty Mason wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 1:42 PM
Hi are proof that even with a mental lapse, the day can still be saved with a lot of love and laughter. What a great story to tell when you really start to have those mental lapse moments. I have been to two quilt shows this year. Not as large as Chicago, LA or Houston, but still great fun. Our local quilt guild hosts a show every two years here in Monroe/West Monroe, Louisiana, area. A group of us bussed over to the Tyler, Texas, show in late Spring. Also great fun.
Sharon wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 3:11 PM
So far, in 2008 I've attended Threadlines-a show juried by Jason Pollen. He also gave a workshop while in town, and I attended, which was my first workshop. I am a member of the Ozark Piecemakers Guild and attended/worked this show. I would love to go to Houston or the Chicago show---maybe next year !
Christine-Hockey Kitten wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 3:30 PM
Alas I haven't gone to any quilt shows yet but am planning on going to the Pacific International Quilt Show. I wish I had gone to the Chicago Quilt Market & met my bff Patty in person. 2009 is my goal for Chicago.
Carol Wiebe wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 4:59 PM
I attended a Fran Skiles workshop in the middle of May, 2008, at the Crow Timber Frame Barn in Ohio! I was in heaven: full days of work with congenial colleagues; meals provided by our chef, Margaret; beautiful paths to explore on the Crow property; and a generous, gracious teacher.
Belinda Spiwak wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 5:25 PM
I was happy to read that there was a happy ending to your vacation even though the beginning was a little stressing. I was able to be part of the Quilt Festival in Chicago this year. I participated briefly in one of the classes at the Chicago Learning Expo. I took a Beryl Taylor workshop at Valley Ridge. There is not as much offered in terms of fabric art in the Midwest that I can attend. I attended Art Unraveled last year but did not make it there this year. I would love to go to ArtFest but it is always during my school year. I would love the Chicago area to host more quilting/fabric based workshops. Quilting is very popular here but I have not found a lot with mixed media. Being a mom with younger children, a 2-4 day retreat would be more doable than a full week. The International Quilt Festival was great this year. There was a lot offered in terms of booths, make 'n takes, and classes. It was not just traditional quilting. A lot of materials for art quilting and mixed media materials. Belinda
Ally Cowee wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 5:29 PM
Due to financial constraints, I haven't been able to attend any shows or workshops this year. I would LOVE to attend Art and Soul Asilomar some day, as well as a lengthy workshop/class with Tim Holtz. He's a hoot! Glad you got some relaxation!
Jessica wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 6:14 PM
Pokey, I would have liked to have attended the Sisters' Quilt show and the PNW Quiltfest, but the Farmers' Market kept me busy. Those shows will be on my list for next year! ~ Jes
Sandy Jandik wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 6:40 PM
I went to: The Paper Event Renaissance Bead Show Art and Soul-this coming week And 2 Guild Workshops but tons of classes online I wish I could go to the Houston Festival again but it is too close to Art and Soul and the dog needs surgery $1300.
Esther Vermeer wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 6:56 PM
Yikes! Been there, with the spousal confusion... "but I thought you had the..."! But it sounds like you guys had a blast despite the bumpy start. This year has been a busy one for quilting roadtrips! I started off great with the Manitoba Prairie Quilters Show in Winnipeg, which had awesome variety on display. Next were the Morden Barnswallow and Carman Morning Glory Quilt Shows in May. I missed out on the Saskatchewan Stitches Conference that month, though I would have loved to see what goes on there. Through the summer, I went to the Sunflower Festival in Altona, which includes an annual quilt show, and this fall there have already been three quilt-related events, including a show at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery, where three national quilt artists have put on a fabulous show, a regional show by the Pine Ridge Quilters, and a presentation and seminar and workshop by Marilyn Stewart Stothers, an art quilt maker. However, the only quilt retreats I have been "attending" have been in my studio with the QA workshops and QATV dvds. I'd love to get to a retreat one of these days, and there are two this fall, but I have a deadline to meet that is keeping me up burning the midnight oil until mid-November. Playtime will have to wait until I'm done, but you know what that's like! Esther in RM of Grey, Manitoba
Halle G wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 8:35 PM
I just saw a sign for a local quilt festival that I didn't even know about today! I'm hoping to make it to that one.
Anita H., Athens, GA wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 9:53 PM
I thoroughly enjoyed the Asheville (NC) Quilt Show in August, and will attend the brand new Georgia Quilt Show in October. We moved to Georgia a year ago and I'm exploring all of our "new" local shows--new to me! Look for my pieces at the GQS--one miniature, one photo transfer. I'm too far away to drive to Houston now, but have lots of new opportunities. Anita H., Athens, GA
Ginny Ballou wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 10:05 PM
I attended Artfest in Pt. Townsend, WA in April; was scheduled for Art and Soul in Portland in Oct. but cancelled. Plan on attending Quilter's Gatering in Nashua, NH in Nov.
Ginny Ballou wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 10:07 PM
P.S. We could really use a MIXED MEDIA Retreat somewhere in the Northeast. Those west coast airfares are a killer!!
Phyllis in Sonoma wrote
on 27 Sep 2008 11:27 PM
Exciting beginning to your vacation! I went to the 1) Santa Rosa Quilt Guild Show in the spring 2) Spring Quilt Market in Portland, OR 3) IQF, Long Beach, CA, in July. 4) Quilting in the Garden, Livermore, CA, today. And will attend 5) Pacific Int'l Quilt Festival, in Santa Clara, CA. This list doesn't include the Knitting shows I attended!
grace wrote
on 28 Sep 2008 12:13 AM
So I was are a Croozer! I didn't make it to any retreats or wkshps this year (boo hoo) but next's Carol Soderlund and Jane Dunnewald and QSDS....cross your fingers for me.
Francie in Vallejo CA wrote
on 28 Sep 2008 3:58 AM
I'll be going to PIQF in just a few weeks. It's the only major show I'm able to attend, and have gone every year for the past eleven years. This year I'm taking three classes with Rosalie Dace, and I can hardly wait! I would have loved to attend the Long Beach show earlier this year, because Long Beach is my home town and I haven't been back there in 25 years. Maybe next time!
mathea wrote
on 28 Sep 2008 7:30 AM
That passport thing always happen to me - in a nightmare the night before I go somewhere! So I always make sure at least twice before I leave that I actually take it (I have stitched my own travel document folder to keep tickets, pasport etc in so I always find it easily, but then I am an old worrywart..) The quiltshow I mised this year, but hope to visit next year is The Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK. I have been a couple of times before and have had a wonderful time there. One day I hope to venture "across the pond", maybe to Houston or Long Beach, but the one I really dream about is the Outdoor quiltshow in Sisters, Oregon.
Karen Cross wrote
on 28 Sep 2008 10:25 AM
Oww, no passport. Glad you guys kept your sense of humor about it, or at least found it funny later! This year I have been to the Quilter's Unlimited Quilt Show in Dulles, Virginia and I am making my own mini-retreat with 2 classes from Carol Taylor in October. My Wish List: ArtQuilt Elements in Wayne, Pennsylvania International Quilt Festival/Chicago w/Make It U Quilt Surface Design Symposium in Columbus, Ohio The Art Nest in Park City, Utah Art & Soul, Portland and my wish for what doesn't exist (yet!): a Quilting Arts cruise or land trip to Mamma Mia! Greece with Pokey Bolton, Beryl Taylor, Lesley Riley, Robbi Joy Eklow, Linda and Laura Kemshall and oh everybody else from QA and CPS (might as well dream big!) Karen
Dot Highter wrote
on 28 Sep 2008 10:49 AM
What a way to begin one's vacation!!!! Glad that it all worked out in the end. As I retired the end of 2007, 2008 has been a year of settling in to a new environment as well as lifestyle so retreats are not in the picture for awhile. I do however have a weekend wet-felting class ("Rug in a Tub") scheduled at the John Campbell Folkschool here in the mountains of NC in December where I have gone for rest, inspiration and renewal before. The perfect place for spending time with wonderful people in an amazing setting to pursue any fabric addiction one may have---or any other arts & crafts addiction. In late June I was fortunate to begin working part-time in an amazing quilt store so feel every day at work is a mini-retreat as I share with co-workers and customers the joys of quilting and other fabic pursuits. But you well know what that is like. Retirement is my ultimate retreat as I can spend every day with fiber arts.
Ronnie Haley wrote
on 28 Sep 2008 11:46 AM
Wow, that cruise tale sounds like it would make a great Seinfeld episode. At least it all worked out. My only art retreat has been to my sewing/craft room. I do work in an Art Supply store so I am surrounded with great people/supplies all day. If I could, I'd love to go to any of your events. They sound fantastic. I plan to see the Gee's Bend Exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. What power & energy those quilts must have! They are as modern and fresh as anything you see today and the colors just blow me away! This will be my cultural enrichment for the season!
Lynne Croswell wrote
on 28 Sep 2008 2:05 PM
I really wanted to go to Chicago, but didn't make it for a variety of reasons. I did get to Vermont Quilt Festival in June and took a class on thread painting with Pam Druhen through the local guild. I have purchased the QA dvd's to tide me over for the rest of the year. Glad you had a good time on your vacation in spite of all the hurdles. We drove to a wedding once without our wedding clothes. It's a good thing there were outlets nearby - my dh needed to replace that blue blazer anyway.
Sue in Minnesota wrote
on 28 Sep 2008 2:37 PM
I was fortunate and attended Art Fest in Washington earlier this year. It was great. I've also attended the Minnesota Quilt Show (awesome) and plan to attend The Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Minneapolis. My dream is to attend the Internation show in Chicago AND to take a vacation similar to yours. How marvelous to escape for awhile.
Jenny Gallo wrote
on 28 Sep 2008 3:29 PM
I was sorry to miss the last Quilt National exhibit and dream of attending any type of quilt retreat in the Rocky Mountains.
Shelley Gaines wrote
on 28 Sep 2008 3:57 PM
Since I still have children at home, I usually try to go to any local event I can (San Diego). I just attended the National Fiber Arts Exhibit at the Escondido Gallery, which my mother had a piece in. I am a member of Quilt Visions and went to their show in 2006- was a volunteer docent, and plan to do it again for our 2008 show in Oceanside. Quilt Visions will also be having "PLaying with a Full Deck" art quilts on display next month, I can't wait to see that! I always try to go to La Jolla Fiber Arts to see what jaw dropping artists work is on display there. I hope to go to the International Quilt Festival when it comes to Long Beach next July 2009. I have taken two workshops by Jane LaFazio who I think is wonderful and a very inspiring person to know. On my wish list, if I could travel to learn would be Art Fest, Houston- Int. Quilt Festival, Hudson River Valley Art Workshops, Fabrications by Laura Cater-Woods (wow!), Big Sky Retreat....just to name a few! I am out of breath now....
Shelley Gaines wrote
on 28 Sep 2008 3:58 PM
Since I still have children at home, I usually try to go to any local event I can (San Diego). I just attended the National Fiber Arts Exhibit at the Escondido Gallery, which my mother had a piece in. I am a member of Quilt Visions and went to their show in 2006- was a volunteer docent, and plan to do it again for our 2008 show in Oceanside. Quilt Visions will also be having "PLaying with a Full Deck" art quilts on display next month, I can't wait to see that! I always try to go to La Jolla Fiber Arts to see what jaw dropping artists work is on display there. I hope to go to the International Quilt Festival when it comes to Long Beach next July 2009. I have taken two workshops by Jane LaFazio who I think is wonderful and a very inspiring person to know. On my wish list, if I could travel to learn would be Art Fest, Houston- Int. Quilt Festival, Hudson River Valley Art Workshops, Fabrications by Laura Cater-Woods (wow!), Big Sky Retreat....just to name a few! I am out of breath now.... dream on!!!
kayla wrote
on 28 Sep 2008 4:53 PM
I went to the IQF in Chicago and I would really want to go on some type of art retreat. I think it would be so much fun.
leilani pierson wrote
on 28 Sep 2008 9:08 PM
hi-ya pokey! ;) sorry for the mishap at the beginning of your trip - hate it when that happens!! but so glad to hear it ended wonderfully and was relaxing and fun - you & hubby SOOO deserve it!! ;) now..answer to the question... i attended the Int'l Quilt Festival in Chicago this past spring... ;) and was sad to miss going to the LongBeach show...and also would someday love to attend the Art&Soul retreat... thanks for the fun opportunity with these questions. ;) xo~Leilani
Doreen Kinkade wrote
on 28 Sep 2008 11:18 PM
My 1st ever major quilt show was the one in Long Beach. I was so overwhelmed, I did everything wrong. Not enough pictures, didn't write down any of the booth # that I wanted to go back to,kept getting lost in the vendor area. But I had a fabulous time. I got to meet you, and also met 2 people that I met on their blogs. I will do better at the next one. I would like to go to The Road to California. Glad your vacation ended on a good note.
Suzanne Gwynne wrote
on 29 Sep 2008 1:18 AM
Oooohhhh! I haven't been to a Quilt Show yet but I really wanted to go to Houston last year - the teasers in QArts made it all look like fun! I think I would like to go to Houston or back to Art and Soul in Virginia. There are also quilting/art retreats on the east coast, down in Florida, that I would love to make an annual thing for myself.
Maggie wrote
on 29 Sep 2008 7:19 AM
I will be going to & hanging wonderful 12" sq pieces from Canadian Members of SAQA at the CreativFestival in Toronto Ontario in October.
Melinda wrote
on 29 Sep 2008 8:36 AM
Your vacation sounds lovely in spite of the rocky beginning. Glad you were able to set aside the bad and focus on the good. Watching your ship sail away, literally, must have indeed been humorous. My schedule this year has not allowed me any time for travel or attending shows, but I do wish I could have attended the Art & Soul retreat in VA. Well, there's always next year. :)
cindylee wrote
on 29 Sep 2008 9:18 AM
i can see now that i have missed the deadline by minutes. i only have the internet at work which is 13 miles from my home where on the weekends i use as my creative time and work on projects all weekend long. however, houston is my drug of choice and boy, do i need a fix! i have not been able attend since 2005 and looks like i cannot attend again this year. one year, i took a class with robbi joy eklow and she talked to me after class for 30 min, pointed out that creativity is a personal thing, different for everyone and made me feel like a real quilter. have fun in houston. thanks for asking!
Julie wrote
on 29 Sep 2008 10:44 AM
I attended the Quilt Festival in Lowell, MA last year and hoped to make it again this year, but alas, I was out of town.
Jamie V wrote
on 29 Sep 2008 4:49 PM
I wish I would have gone to Art FiberFest in Port Townsend! I'll probably go to local events. Jamie V in MT
Erin Glee wrote
on 16 Oct 2008 2:42 AM
I went to the Quilt Show at The Petaluma Public Library... they had them on the walls and hanging from the rafters~so beautiful!
Joan Pettett wrote
on 9 Dec 2008 5:25 PM
Hi,My last trip to a Quilt Show was in June to the Sydney Quilt show at Darling Harbour.I have been to local art exhibitions with my Daughtre Nicole Bridges who is a Professional quilter as well as being a creative artistic person. Nicole has one more year to complete her studies at Tafe College and is doing extremely well.You can see some of her work on her Blog. My name is Joan Pettett and I'm an Australian Qquilter who would love to learn more about art.